Ever since I was a little girl I've been sensitive to harsh cleaners. I remember being at my Grandma's after she had shampooed her carpets & not being able to go into the living room as I wouldn't be able to stop coughing. At home it was different due to cost my Mom made most of her cleaners so she used more natural ingredients. As an adult when I started working cleaning Hotel rooms I developed very bad allergic reaction to cleaners on my hands, this was very bad eczema that would weep, ooze & cause me a lot of pain. It was in dealing with this very bad eczema I cut out as many commercial cleaners as I could. I'm lucky in that my eczema on my hands has cleared totally right up, but I'm not going back. I love my natural cleaners. Yeah sure they cost less, but that's not the reason I use them, though it is a benefit. I use them, because natural cleaners means fewer chemicals in my house. I feel better using my natural cleaners due to Chris' asthma & allergies. I have no problem asking Jeremy to spray down the kitchen counter, because what he's going to use isn't toxic or harmful. Not to mention I believe they work just as well if not better than any commercial cleaner out there. I also get a certain 'stick it to the man feeling' knowing that's something I don't HAVE to buy...lol. I keep my cleaners very simple & easy to mix up, because who am I kidding for me it has to be simple or I won't do it...lol. Here are my very simple yet effective cleaners:
~ kitchen/general purpose cleaner ~ mixture of 50/50 water & white vinegar, two squirts of dish soap & about 10 drops of tea tree oil then put into spray bottle.
~ bath tub ~ just baking soda sprinkled onto a cloth & scrub works GREAT!
~ floors ~ very hot water, cup of vinegar & a squirt of dish soap
~ I also have norwex microfiber cloths that I love & work great on mirrors, but so does 50/50 water & vinegar
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